31 May 2012
Beer & Bicycles seem to go together, but would you pedal to keep your pub operating. In comes the Pedal Powered Party Pub…this form the NYTimes and no word on a pedal powered bathroom yet:
A kind of pub on wheels, propelled by pedaling, the beer bike — which in Europe is usually but not always steered by an employee of the tour company rather than by one of the partygoers — is thought to have been invented in the Netherlands in the late 1990s.
But in recent years, the contraption, variously promoted as a social lubricant; an original, environmentally correct way to see a city; and a healthier, calorie-burning alternative to sitting in a bar, has expanded its appeal beyond the Dutch border to several European countries and the United States.
“We are just human beings,” said Ard Karsten, who started building beer bikes and running tours in the Dutch capital in 2005. “We like enjoyment.”
Mr. Karsten installed a new keg of beer on his bright blue, 20-foot-long, 1,500-odd-pound machine, which can hit speeds of five miles per hour and accommodate 12 riders on regular bicycle seats around a wooden bar, where beer is on tap. A bench in the back provides more seating.